Archive for Monday, October 9, 2006

Republicans say Foley scandal is blocking party’s message

October 9, 2006


— The congressional page scandal involving the Republican-run House's handling of former Rep. Mark Foley will make it more difficult for the GOP to maintain control of Congress in November, Republicans acknowledged Sunday, insisting that anyone responsible for covering up the scandal must be held accountable.

The scandal already has spilled into a congressional district far from the Florida home of the disgraced former congressman who resigned amid news reports of his sexually explicit communications with a House page.

Rep. Tom Reynolds, the New York Republican who serves as chairman of his party's congressional campaigns and maintains that he alerted House Speaker Dennis Hastert about "overly friendly" e-mails that Foley had sent to a page months ago, faces a tough re-election fight back home, according to a new poll. Reynolds is personally defending his role in the matter with a television ad.

Hastert maintains that he did not learn of Foley's behavior until news of sexually explicit e-mails with a page forced Foley to resign on Sept. 29.

Republicans, while cautioning that "30 days is an eternity" in the congressional campaigns leading to Election Day on Nov. 7, acknowledge that the scandal makes it difficult to make their own messages heard.

"There is a little window of opportunity (to regain control of the campaign), but it is closing in on us fast," said Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., appearing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." "This is going to be the most difficult 30 days in the last 12 years that we've been the majority party.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., left, and Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., right, appear for an interview with George Stephanopolous on ABC&squot;s "This Week." The scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., was a hot topic on the Sunday morning news shows.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., left, and Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., right, appear for an interview with George Stephanopolous on ABC's "This Week." The scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., was a hot topic on the Sunday morning news shows.

"It's certainly not helpful," Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., said. "Thirty days is an eternity in politics. ... But this adds to a very difficult atmosphere for Republican candidates going into the last 30 days, where it's difficult to get what I call oxygen for the (party's own) message."

A new Newsweek poll has found that 52 percent of Americans surveyed believe the speaker knew of the problem and attempted to cover it up. A Time magazine poll earlier in the week found that two-thirds of those who know of the scandal suspect a cover-up. Both found 80 percent of Americans aware of the scandal - though 65 percent of those surveyed by Newsweek said it won't make much difference in their votes.

The scandal has added a volatile new issue to the campaign for control of Congress, a contest framed on Sunday in the appearances of Emanuel and Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., on "This Week."

"When you guys came to power in 1994, you said you were going to change Washington - Washington changed you," Emanuel told Putnam. "You promised to clean up this swamp, and you have created a deeper set of swamps. ... In this election ... Americans do not want to stay the course you set for this country. They want a change."


xenophonschild 11 years, 6 months ago

To borrow a line from Ralph Cramden: "How sweet it is!"

Blocking their message? And what exactly is that? That they live and breathe to pander to the super-rich, giving them tax break after tax break, while running up a massive national debt and annual federal budget deficits?

Send these bozos home.

jonas 11 years, 6 months ago

"Republicans say Foley scandal is blocking party's message"

As in, "Hey, why can't you people look past our various and common incidences of corruption to remember that we are the party of family values and morality?"

/suck it.

BOE 11 years, 6 months ago

On the contrary, it's amplifying it.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Had this Foley fiasco been dealth with in a timely and prudent manner say 3-4 years ago it would not be an issue today. Anyone who knew of this then should resign. Blind party loyalty prevents the best decisions for our country in general.

There are other major problems for the NOT republican neocon party:

  1. This Iraq mess and perhaps Afhganistan were on the neocon table prior to GW being elected which follows the PNAC plan for world domination. Didn't Hitler want to dominate the world?

Bush,Cheney,Rummy and Rice simply do not have a clue as what the hell they are doing. That is the message coming from the military. It's the whole damn oil influenced administration and their current host of advisors to include James Baker III and Kissenger.

  1. Has the president actually lied to the public about Social Security?

Yes. President Bush has repeatedly said that those who put their money in private accounts are "guaranteed" a better return than they'll receive from the current Social Security system. But every sale of stock on the stock market includes the disclaimer: "the return on this investment is not guaranteed and may be negative"--for good reason.

  1. Do real republicans feel they have been duped by bogus republicans such as the neocons? Perhaps: Meet real republicans

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Actually real republicans :

are very angry at these folks

as they should be for they are liars and crooks such as this group of shady so called republicans who are nothing but neocons with very familiar names

Then there are the puppets such as Jim Ryun and Sam Brownback who stand around and vote yes like rubber stamps.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Another problem or two:

The Taliban and al qaeda seem to have good relations with Pakistan and India.

This whole mess about nuclear materials is also kind of bogus since Rummy, Bechtel(Sec. of State Shultz& Caspar Weinberger) and GE were more than happy to spread their wares about the world. Where did Iran purchase their set up?

Where did Saddam get weapons?

Who created the Taliban? : Who is asking for them again? The medicare fraud king Sen. Bill Frist

George flays USA for creating Taliban Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 30 Defence Minister George Fernandes today criticised America for collaborating with Pakistan in creating the Taliban militia and blissfully ignoring terrorism until September 11.

Delivering a special address at the international seminar - The Global Threat of Terror: Ideological, Material and Political linkages - Mr Fernandes said for the past 20 years (and not three years as reported by the New York Times yesterday) the USA was aware that Pakistan was training anti-India terrorists in the camps that they were now bombing.

The Defence Minister said, ironically, Pakistan, which has been among the countries which not only harboured terrorists, but took pride in training them, has turned out to be the most loyal ally of the USA, next only to the UK, in the global action against terrorism.

Perhaps there is some sort of poetic justice in this turnaround. It was the USA which collaborated with Pakistan in creating the Taliban militia to fight against the Russians and oust them from Afghanistan. Now it is again Pakistan that has become the cat's paw for the USA to destroy the Frankenstein they jointly fathered.

For Pakistan, which used the Taliban to pursue its own nefarious designs in India, this is perhaps the most bitter pill it has had to swallow in its 54 years of existence, Mr Fernandes said.

The Defence Minister did not rule out the likelihood of India having to fight its own war against terrorism on its border once the USA-led alliance calls off its engagement in Afghanistan and goes back to its "five decade-old cosy relationship with Pakistan".

"There is yet no commitment made by the USA to be part of the war that India has been fighting against this (Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir) terrorism for over a decade, One should not, therefore, rule out the likelihood of India having to fight it own war against terrorism on its border once the US-led alliance calls off its engagement in Afghanistan, and goes back to its five-decade-old cosy relationship with Pakistan".

The Defence Minister said India's experience in fighting terrorism for the past 20 years provides conclusive evidence that while Pakistan can sponsor terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, the fight against such terrorist action was a long-drawn exercise which could test a nation's patience.

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 6 months ago

If this issue is blocking the party message, it is too bad. Maybe folks shouldn't play politics with EVERYTHING. Seriously, how could this have been a total surprise? Someone surely could have convinced this guy to leave office two years ago instead of running for reelection. Maybe this is another problem with incumbents. I happen to feel that one consecutive term is enough and if you can't be effective, you aren't trying hard enough. Plus, with this (idiotic) two party system we have, what does the individual matter? Aren't they supposed to carry the party banner anyways? It makes me think about all the security for these bozos. Isn't the office more important than the individual? Aren't there nearly 300 million people in this country? Surely there are other qualified persons.

Of course I realize many folks in this country would be just as happy if "we" never broke free from mother England, where your name is your ticket to power.

The moral of this story should be: Get rid of the losers on your ticket before they bring you down too.

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